Venture Scotland

Availability : North East / North West

Who is this for?

  • People aged between 16-30


Venture Scotland’s Journey Programme is a free, long-term, personal development programme based in the outdoors. The Programme is for anyone between the ages of 16-30 who is facing challenges and looking for support to make positive changes to their wellbeing.

The four-stage programme runs 2 days each week, a full day and a half day.

The full day is an activity day. Their outdoor activities include

  • Team building activities
  • Raft building
  • Rock climbing
  • Hill walking
  • Geocaching
  • Orienteering
  • Canoeing
  • Gorge walking
  • Weaselling (squeezing through small spaces of overground rock tunnels)
  • Coasteering (jumping from the coast into the sea).

All of their activities are ‘challenge by choice’, which means that as long as you are willing to participate in some way,  you can get involved at various levels. Everyone’s comfort zone is different!

The half day is spent near to the Venture Scotland offices, usually in a local park, and is focussed on skills and wellbeing. These sessions include learning new theories and tools that will help participants to understand and maintain their mental, physical and emotional health, and create lasting change in participants lives.

In addition to the 2 days each week, each stage of the programme includes a residential trip, usually to a bothy. Bothies were once used by shepherds and groundskeepers, but are now used by hikers and groups. They are simple cottage-like structures that provide shelter from the elements and have sleeping platforms, fireplaces, and a loo. They are usually found in beautiful and remote settings, nestled in the hills, and are a great base in which to connect with nature and disconnect from some of the stressors of day-to-day life. Venture Scotland uses private bothies in The Borders and Glen Etive. Residential trips are between 3-5 days and are a highlight of the VS experience!

Everything that Venture Scotland do is about personal development. Each stage of the programme is designed to help develop certain skills. These include building:

  • Confidence
  • Communication
  • Trust
  • Self-belief
  • Positive relationships
  • Empathy
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • The ability to learn from experiences.

Their programmes begin at various points throughout the year, but their waiting list is always open. If you would like to refer yourself or someone you know and to get the most up-to-date information on referral criteria, please contact our Outreach and Support Worker. For Edinburgh: 07535 164 285

How do I access this?

  • Self referral
  • Referral by third party

Is there a cost?


Location information

  • Public parking available

Contact Details

Offices 1 and 2 , 4 Norton Park, Edinburgh , EH7 5RS

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Types of support on offer:

Support in person
Support on the phone
Support with others

Type of services on offer:

Complex needs
Eating disorders
Healthy living
Learning, employability, volunteering
Self confidence
Self harm
Substance use

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